WASHINGTON – Legislation to rename the US Post Office at 90 Cornell Street in Kingston as the Staff Sergeant Robert H. Dietz Post Office Building has been introduced in the Senate by Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The House recently passed the name change with unanimous bipartisan support. Rep. Christopher Gibson (R, NY19) introduced the measure.
Dietz, who was born in January 1921 in Kingston, enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served as a staff sergeant. He was killed in action during a mission in
World War II after advancing through enemy fire in Germany to disconnect bridge demolition charges and neutralize artillery teams defending the road into town. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his service, in December 1945.
“Staff Sergeant Deitz’s heroism is legendary in our community
and his sacrifice for our nation in WWII exemplifies the highest level
of bravery,” said Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. “This
honor stands as a tribute to a true American hero.”